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588 - DHC-6-300 C-FBBW Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Noted at Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019 in full Manta Air c/s, in preparation for lease.

 
Greg Mutch Photo © Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019

Greg Mutch Photo © Calgary-Int’l, AB 12-Jun-2019

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984 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 11-Jun-2019.

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967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore AB

Registration cancelled 10-Jun-2019 to the Cayman Islands; this is a catch up on documentation, the aircraft having been delivered to Switzerland at the start of Apr-2019.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Updating previous entry; continued Billings, MT - Pierre, SD - Lincoln, NE - Kansas City, MO - Little Rock, AR - Meridian, MS - Titusville, FL 07/10-Jun-2019.

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Jun-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 05-Jun-2019

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963 - DHC-6-400 N963VK Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC [Bank of Utah Trustee]

Officially re-imported to Canada again 06-Jun-2019. The aircraft returned Murrieta, CA - Redding, CA - Victoria-Int’l, BC 31-May-2018 following completion work with Ikhana, and is now pending delivery to Qatar.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Flew Victoria, BC - Bellingham, WA - Spokane-Int’l, WA - Walla Walla, WA - Billings, MT 05/07-Jun-2019.

 

983 - DHC-6-400 C-GMVT Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 04-Jun-2019.

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239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Aurora Flight Sciences, Manassas, VA

Registered 31-May-2019.

 

291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK [Ashe Aircraft Leasing]

Flew Deadhorse, AK - Fairbanks, AK - Anchorage, AK 29-May-2019, presumably completing the lease which began on 02-Feb-2019.

 

970 - DHC-6-400 N790CP ConocoPhillips Alaska Inc., Anchorage, AK

Registered 03-Jun-2019, ex C-FBVG.


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925 - DHC-6-400 C-GNVA Vityaz Avia, Moscow [Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB]

Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019 for paperwork purposes, but is expected to return to Switzerland later this month. The aircraft had been parked at Altenrhein/Saint Gallen for the past 3 years, having arrived there on 22-May-2016.

 
Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019

Friedrichshafen 31-May-2019


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239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Regent Aircraft Services South, Dickinson, TX

Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Minot, ND - South St. Paul, MN - Madison, WI - Burlington, WI - Manassas, VA 28/29-May-2019. The aircraft is seen below prior to departure from Calgary, and then on arrival at Manassas for operation by Aurora Flight Sciences.

 
Calgary-Int’l, AB 28-May-2019

Calgary-Int’l, AB 28-May-2019


Manassas, VA 29-May-2019

Manassas, VA 29-May-2019



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970 - DHC-6-400 C-FBVG Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 28-May-2019 to U.S.A. for ConocoPhillips.

 

Viking Plans World Demonstration Tour for Guardian 400 Twin Otter Special Missions Variant

Ottawa, Ontario, May 29th, 2019: Today during the CANSEC Defence & Security show, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia has announced its plans to hold a world demonstration tour for its Guardian 400 aircraft, the special missions variant of the Viking Series 400 Twin Otter. The world tour will include detailed briefings and demonstration flights in Europe, Africa, Middle East, India, South East Asia, Oceania, and North America.

For the past six months, a production Series 400 Twin Otter has been undergoing modifications to transform into Viking’s Guardian 400 demonstrator aircraft for the proposed world tour. It will feature a left-hand SCAR pod with Hensoldt Argos EO/IR imaging turret, multi-spectral HDTV camera, mega-pixel HD Thermal imager, laser range finder, multi-mode auto tracker, and Remote Image Bus (RIB) video feed for display on the cockpit MFD or crew workstation. The demonstrator will also feature a right-hand SCAR pod with Leonardo Osprey Radar System and Sentient Vidar Camera system.

In addition to its mission sensor package, the Guardian 400 prototype will be equipped with an Airborne Technologies’ tactical workstation with high-definition touchscreen monitors, data/voice/video recorder, Mission Management Unit (MMU), mission radio communications, intuitive hand controller for MCU & SLR camera targeting, CarteNav AIMS mission system software, Kestrel MTI targeting software, and IKHANA ergonomic mission seat for optimized crew comfort. The prototype will also be equipped with Viking conformal bubble windows, left and right wing-mounted hard points by IKHANA, Thunder Bay Aviation stretcher racks, and an aft lavatory for crew comfort.

With a target launch date of September 2019, the Guardian 400 world tour has briefing and demonstration flights proposed throughout Europe, North Africa, Central Africa, Southeastern Africa, the Middle East, Southern Asia, Asia Pacific, North America and will culminate in Ottawa, Canada to coincide with the 2020 CANSEC Defence & Security show.

“As we’ve anticipated development of a Guardian 400 technical demonstrator for many years, to now be able to show off its unique performance capabilities and incredible versatility to interested military and government organizations in their home countries is exciting to say the least,” said Robert Mauracher, Viking executive vice president, Sales & Marketing. “While the tour details are still under development, we encourage interested parties to contact us if they wish to participate in a flight demonstration.”

About the Guardian 400 Twin Otter:

Viking developed the Guardian 400 in response to foreign military and government agency demand for a medium-range maritime patrol, SAR and critical infrastructure platform based on the new Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft. Designed as an economical force multiplier for 21st century surveillance and security requirements, the Guardian 400’s low acquisition and operating costs combined with its modern, flexible architecture allows it to be customized to suit operators’ financial and mission requirements. The Guardian 400’s robust design, minimal maintenance requirements, and exceptional short field performance capabilities make it ideally suited for specialized government operations in extreme environments. Certified under the restricted category, the Guardian 400’s increased take-off weight and extended range internal Patrol Tank allow for operational sorties over 10 hours in duration.

Trusted by the governments of Peru, Panama, the United States, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam, over thirty Twin Otter Guardian 400 aircraft have now entered service in various roles,including maritime surveillance, search & rescue, parachute operations, pipeline monitoring, drug enforcement, medevac, and critical infrastructure support.

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340 - DHC-6-300 C-FTFX ALCI Aviation Ltd., Oshawa, ON

As seen in the photo below, the aircraft is being operated for Parachute School of Toronto from a base at Baldwin, ON which is south of Lake Simcoe.

 
Talezone2wheels Photo © Baldwin ON

Talezone2wheels Photo © Baldwin ON

897 - DHC-6-400 C-GVKI Pacific Sky Aviation Ltd., North Saanich BC

Noted at Victoria 19-May-2019 now having been repainted in an overall grey c/s; flew Victoria, BC - Bellingham, WA - Spokane-Int’l, WA the same day.

 
Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 19-May-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 19-May-2019

 

952 - DHC-6-400 VP-CHR Sea Aviation 2 Ltd., Georgetown

Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Nimes - Brindisi - Athens - Heraklion 21/23-May-2019. The aircraft is seen below at Heraklion prior to departure.

 
Peter Pulles Vrijlandt Photo © Heraklion 23-May-2019

Peter Pulles Vrijlandt Photo © Heraklion 23-May-2019

 

960 - DHC-6-400 VP-CHP Sea Aviation 2 Ltd., Georgetown

Flew Altenrhein/Saint Gallen - Nimes - Brindisi - Athens - Heraklion 21/23-May-2019.

 
Ray Barber Photo © Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Apr-2019

Ray Barber Photo © Altenrhein/Saint Gallen 18-Apr-2019

 

967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered to Planes & Parts Ltd., Strathmore, AB 21-May-2019; the aircraft was previously delivered in early April (by Planes & Parts/Worldwide Ferry) to Altenrhein/Saint Gallen. It is aircraft number three for the Cayman holding company Sea Aviation. It is seen below before departure from Canada.

 
Calgary, AB 01-Apr-2019

Calgary, AB 01-Apr-2019

 

970 - DHC-6-400 C-FBVG Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Noted at Victoria, BC 16-May-2019 in full ConocoPhillips c/s as seen below.

 
Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 16-May-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 16-May-2019

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Aurora Gold Mine Sells Guyanese-based Twin Otter in favor of Trans Guyana Airways.

 

Aurora Gold Mine announced yesterday that DHC-6-300 C-GGIR has been sold, and it is expected to depart Guyana in mid-June. Work previously undertaken with the Twin Otter will now be flown by Trans Guyana Airways. Since the arrival of C-GGIR in Oct-2017 Aurora Gold Mine had been under intense criticism for bringing in a foreign registered aircraft.

 
MSN 368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR  Aurora Gold Mine Photo © Georgetown

MSN 368 - DHC-6-300 C-GGIR

Aurora Gold Mine Photo © Georgetown

 

New Malaysian Carrier to Operate Two Twin Otters

 

Kota Kinabalu, 15-May-2019 Sabah’s own Sipadan Air will debut in the domestic market this September when it begins flying the Kota Kinabalu - Semporna route using two Twin Otters. The company is also expected to offer charter flights from Kota Kinabalu to Ranau and Kudat.

Sipadan Air is managed by Equus Air Sdn Bhd.

 

NRL Introduces Newly Acquired Aircraft for Airborne Research

MSN 680 - DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23295  U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

MSN 680 - DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23295

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Navy's premier science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), unveiled the UV-18 “Twin Otter” as the newest addition to the squadron’s unique fleet of aircraft research platforms, May 11 .

The Twin Otter is a safe, highly maneuverable and extremely versatile aircraft,” said Cmdr. Erik Thomas, commanding officer for VXS-1. “The fact that it is unpressurized simplifies modifications and will accelerate our ability to get projects airborne for the Naval Research Enterprise.”

The aircraft compliments the VXS-1 “Warlocks” fleet by providing an affordable and stable research platform with slow flight capabilities and an operational payload of up to 3,000 pounds.

The performance capabilities of the UV-18 aircraft offer customers a slow flight speed of 85 mph, a maximum cruise speed of 190 mph, a nominal service ceiling of 13,000 feet (higher with supplemental oxygen), and a six-hour flight duration dependent on payload and flight configuration.

In addition to the UV-18, VXS-1 operates a varying range of aircraft that include three NP-3C and P-3C Orions, an RC-12 King Air, and 12 TigerShark Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

The fleet of unique squadron aircraft are operated and maintained by the men and women of VXS-1 and contain an S&T framework to provide power, Ethernet, and GPS feeds as required for temporary project installations and to quickly conduct airborne research. The squadron has a self-contained configuration and project shop to assist prospective customers with rack designs, gear installations and flight clearances.

“Using our squadron’s aircraft, scientists and engineers can install and test the latest technology they are developing in an operational environment anywhere in the world. We truly turn their ideas into reality,” Thomas said.

Providing proof of concept for the latest technology, VXS-1 enables operational fleet commands to receive time pertinent technological advances to better execute their missions and fill critical capability gaps in their theatre.

Historically the squadron has supported a broad spectrum of research projects, which include magnetic variation mapping, hydro-acoustic research, bathymetry, electronic countermeasures, gravity mapping, electro-optical and radar research, and remote measuring of water contained in snow for NASA.


Editorial Note: The aircraft above is MSN 680, previously flown by the U.S. Army Golden Knights, having last been noted with Rocky Mountain Aircraft in Springbank, AB in Nov-2017, and seen below as such.

 
MSN 680 DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23255  Mike MacKinnon Photo © Springbank, AB 11-Nov-2017

MSN 680 DHC-6-300 (UV-18) 79-23255

Mike MacKinnon Photo © Springbank, AB 11-Nov-2017

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340 - DHC-6-300 C-FTFX Summit Air Ltd., Yellowknife, NT

Registered to ALCI Aviation Ltd., Oshawa, ON 13-May-2019

 

970 - DHC-6-400 C-FBVG Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Noted at Victoria, BC 13-May-2019 now having received the red/black/white livery of ConocoPhillips, as seen in the photo below.

 
Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 13-May-2019

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 13-May-2019

 
MSN 78 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-FASQ Summit Air  Springbank, AB 06-May-2019

MSN 78 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-FASQ Summit Air

Springbank, AB 06-May-2019

 
MSN 454 - DHC-6-300 C-GDSO Rocky Mountain Aircraft  Springbank, AB 06-May-2019

MSN 454 - DHC-6-300 C-GDSO Rocky Mountain Aircraft

Springbank, AB 06-May-2019

 
MSN 43 - DHC-6-100 VH-ZKF Seair Pacific  Dave Hedges Photo 09-Apr-2019 Gold Coast, QLD

MSN 43 - DHC-6-100 VH-ZKF Seair Pacific

Dave Hedges Photo 09-Apr-2019 Gold Coast, QLD

 
MSN 442 - DHC-6-300 H4-SID Solomon Airlines  Dave Hedges Photo © Cairns, QLD 01-Apr-2019

MSN 442 - DHC-6-300 H4-SID Solomon Airlines

Dave Hedges Photo © Cairns, QLD 01-Apr-2019

 
MSN 620 - DHC-6-300 PK-HVM ex-Dimonim Air  Dave Hedges Photo © Cairns, QLD 01-Apr-2019

MSN 620 - DHC-6-300 PK-HVM ex-Dimonim Air

Dave Hedges Photo © Cairns, QLD 01-Apr-2019

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239 - DHC-6-300 N239Z Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Registered to Regent Aircraft Services South Inc., Dickinson, TX 10-May-2019.

 

267 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner C-GABU Unity Group Canada Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registered 09-May-2019, ex N140SA.

 

430 - DHC-6-300 C-GNDO Air Inuit, Dorval, QC

Ski struck a snow berm on take-off from an unprepared strip northeast of Kuujjuarapik 07-May-2019; aircraft left the strip sustaining considerable damage to the nose, wing and propeller.

 

517 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner C-GKER Unity Group Canada Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registered 09-May-2019, ex N227SA.

 

539 - DHC-6-300 C-GACU Unity Group Canada Ltd., Airdrie, AB

Registered 08-May-2019; this aircraft was originally imported from the Seychelles in 2017, and had been delivered to Airdrie on 01-Apr-2017. It is ex S7-AAR.

 

844 - DHC-6-300 C-GKTM 1263343 Alberta Ltd., Calgary, AB

Returned to Unity Group Canada Ltd., Airdrie, AB and registered 08-May-2019.

 
MSN 660 - DHC-6-300 DQ-FIE Longview Aviation Asset Management  Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 02-May-2019

MSN 660 - DHC-6-300 DQ-FIE Longview Aviation Asset Management

Tim Martin Photo © Victoria, BC 02-May-2019

 
MSN 655 - DHC-6-300 8Q-TAK  Four Seasons Resort Photo ©

MSN 655 - DHC-6-300 8Q-TAK

Four Seasons Resort Photo ©

 
MSN 205 - DHC-6-200 EC-ISV  Joseba Zubiaurre Photo © Empuriabrava 18-Apr-2019

MSN 205 - DHC-6-200 EC-ISV

Joseba Zubiaurre Photo © Empuriabrava 18-Apr-2019

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Thankfully, there are finally some new items to report after a really quiet period. The past couple of months has seen things underway behind the scenes, just not a lot at the stage of being news.

 

82 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-GCWV Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

Updating previous entry; flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Minot, ND - Sioux Falls, SD - Huntingdon, TN - Palatka, FL - Nassau 26/28-Apr-2019 on delivery to Titan Air. This morning it did a Nassau - Andros Town round trip.

 

221 - DHC-6-200 N223AL Win Win Aviation Inc., Wake Forest, NC

Flew Dekalb, IL - Pontiac, MI - Waterloo, ON - Montréal-Trudeau 26-Apr-2019 positioning to its summer contract with Skydive Montréal.

 

355 - DHC-6-300 C-FCSW Rocky Mountain Aircraft, Calgary, AB [Ashe Aircraft Enterprises]

Test flown from Springbank, AB 25-Apr-2019 & then ferried to Chilliwack, BC same day to be painted by Upper Valley Aviation. The aircraft is seen below at Chilliwack after arrival.

 
Chilliwack, BC 25-Apr-2019

Chilliwack, BC 25-Apr-2019

 

660 - DHC-6-300 DQ-FIE Fiji Link, Nadi

Flew Nadi - Majuro 20/21-Apr-2019, and Majuro - Honolulu-Inouye, HI 28/29-Apr-2019. The aircraft is expected to continue to Klamath Falls, OR with a final destination of Victoria, BC. DQ-FIE has been operating in Fiji since Nov-1994.

 


NEW SET OF TWIN OTTER HYDRAULIC SKIS FOR SALE!


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Along with Manufacturing Wheel Skis, Genaire also provides repair and overhaul services and maintains a full inventory of spare parts and assemblies which are available to all our customers. Trained technicians and Engineering staff are on hand to support customers with any technical issues they experience.


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Call 905-684-1165 or email sales@genaireltd.com


Visit our website at www.genaireltd.com

 
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One of the two Vistaliners recently acquired by Unity Group is seen below at company headquarters in Airdrie, AB.

 
Trevor McTavish Photo © Airdrie, AB 08-Apr-2019

Trevor McTavish Photo © Airdrie, AB 08-Apr-2019

 

82 - DHC-6-200HG™ C-GCWV Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

The aircraft has been placed with Titan Air (Randolph Holdings) in Nassau. The company currently operates twin Cessna aircraft through the islands.

 
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239 - N239Z DHC-6-300 Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC

The aircraft has been placed, with closure expected next month with a U.S. operator. It has undergone a 10 month upgrade at Regent Aircraft Services in Calgary prior to departure.

 

527 - DHC-6-300 N716JP AIG American International Group, New York, NY

The aircraft was acquired (minus wings) Apr-2019 by Gravitas Aviation Ltd., West Vancouver, BC. It had earlier been recovered from the ice near Deadhorse, AK following a take-off incident in Mar-2018. The aircraft, which has less than 30,000 hrs on the clock will be fully repaired and overhauled.

 
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974 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registration cancelled 24-Apr-2019 on export to China. This aircraft had been delivered via Ketchikan - Fairbanks - Anchorage - Nome - Anadyr on 09/13-Feb-2019.

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267 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N140SA Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, Boulder, NV [Diamond Bar LLC]

Registration cancelled 10-Apr-2019 on export to Canada. Sold to Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB 10-Apr-2019 and officially imported to Canada 11-Apr-2019. It appears the aircraft was delivered from Boulder to Airdrie on 07-Apr-2019.

 
Wiltshire Spotter Photo © Boulder, CO 26-Feb-2018

Wiltshire Spotter Photo © Boulder, CO 26-Feb-2018

 

517 - DHC-6-300 Vistaliner N227SA Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines, Boulder, NV [Diamond Bar LLC]

Registration cancelled 10-Apr-2019 on export to Canada. Sold to Unity Group Ltd., Airdrie, AB 10-Apr-2019 and officially imported to Canada 11-Apr-2019. It appears the aircraft was delivered from Boulder to Airdrie on 07-Apr-2019.

 
John Dillon Photo © Grand Canyon, AZ 28-Feb-2015

John Dillon Photo © Grand Canyon, AZ 28-Feb-2015

 

EASA Approves IKHANA's DHC-6-300HG Twin Otter 14,000 lbs MTOW

 

IKHANA Aircraft Services (IKHANA) announces that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has awarded STC (reference No. 10069614) approval for their RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ Standard Commuter Category Increased MTOW to 6,350 Kg (14,000 lbs). “With EASA’s certification of our RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ upgrade, we are able to increase the market for operators following EASA regulations with expanded mission capabilities providing increased payload and/or range, additional value and new revenue opportunities.” states Mr. John A. Zublin, President and CEO of IKHANA. “EASA’s STC validation helps operators with aircraft capabilities well beyond the DHC-6-300’s original capability. The Standard Commuter Category STC provides a highly desired payload increase for the DHC-6-300 series Twin Otter to take 19 passengers with 2 crew and fly 450-500 Nautical miles. EASA governed operators will now have more options for increased utility with a rapid return on their investment. IKHANA is pleased that we are able to continue growing our list of regulatory approvals to broaden availability of this option for operators around the world.”

The RWMI DHC-6-300HG™ STC increases the payload capabilities of the basic DHC-6-300 Twin Otter Series aircraft from 12,500 lbs. MTOW (5670 Kg) to 14,000 lbs. (6350 Kg), providing an increase of 1500 lbs (680 Kg) or 12% overall and represents a 31% increase in payload based on an average empty weight of 7700 lbs. Operations are allowed to the full 750 shaft horsepower of the PT6A-34 engines along with the improved efficiency and noise reduction of the Raisbeck/Hartzell four blade “Scimitar” propellers. Additional aerodynamic and structural enhancements complete the modifications. As a Standard Commuter Category STC, DHC-6-300 operators will be able to operate in revenue service without special purpose restrictions.

IKHANA Aircraft Services, a DBA of IKHANA Group Inc., provides DESIGN - BUILD - FLY solutions to the aerospace industry through integration of new technologies, aircraft modifications, heavy maintenance, major repair, and critical parts manufacturing. Headquartered at the French Valley Airport (F70) in Murrieta, California, IKHANA holds FAA, EASA, Transport Canada, and Fiji repair station approvals, FAA Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA), and is a Viking Air Factory Endorsed Service Center. IKHANA has a proven reputation for developing unique engineered solutions across a wide variety of aircraft platforms and diverse customer base including extensive experience in the DHC-6 Twin Otter, King Air, and Gulfstream airframes.     

 

Fourth CARRIER joins ranks of Maldivian Twin Otter Operators

 

Flyme (Villa Air) has announced that it too will join Trans Maldivian, Maldivian Seaplane and Manta Air as a Twin Otter operator later this year.

The company is acquiring four DHC-6-300’s for delivery beginning in October of this year. The aircraft will operate from Male’s new seaplane terminal, scheduled to open in August. Currently Flyme operates ATR-42 and ATR-72 aircraft.

 

Team JAS announces Cayman Airways Express as their DHC-6 Nose Strut Quick Turn Time (QTT) Program launch customer

 

JACKSONVILLE, FL – Team JAS, the Solutions Company, announces the launch of its new DHC-6 Twin Otter Nose Strut – Quick Turn Time Program.  This industry unique program allows for customer DHC-6 Twin Otter Nose Struts to be evaluated and overhauled for the most economical price possible – featuring industry leading Team JAS Proprietary FAA-PMA parts.

“The unique part about this new program is the use of our own proprietary, highly engineered parts that offer customers zero lead times, superior quality, latest technology and outstanding reliability. An example of this would be our FEx3 plated piston tube in comparison to the standard chrome, which was developed in the 60’s.  FEx3 piston tubes have a proven track record of in-service reliability for the past 8 years”, said Andy Sanfilippo, CEO of Team JAS.  

“We are discounting all of our FAA-PMA parts by 25% for this program and have also implemented a not-to-exceed maximum price of $70,000 for units needing the 4 major parts which are the Cylinder Housing, Piston Tube, Fork and Steering Collar as well as substantial number of new parts.  There is no risk to the customer and never a BER (beyond economical repair) threat.  We have all the needed FAA-PMA parts for Nose Struts in stock, so our turn time is 2 weeks or less.  Having parts on hand along with this 25% new parts discount and not-to-exceed maximum price ensures customers quickly receive the most economical overhaul possible” added Mr. Sanfilippo.

“Team JAS has been a long-time supplier to Cayman Airways Express and this program helped us a lot as our recent Nose Strut required several new parts which if not available, would have resulted in the Nose Gear being scrapped” commented representatives of the Cayman Airways Express Maintenance Team.  “The Team JAS savings were substantial in comparison to using older design parts which would have led to a BER.

 

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305 - DHC-6-300 13803 Royal Canadian Air Force, Ottawa, ON

Struck snowbank on landing on sea ice 11-Mar-2019, approximately 140 km north of Inuvik, resulting in the failure of the nose gear. There were no injuries in the accident.

On 24-Mar-2019 the aircraft was recovered via sling load back to Inuvik for repairs. The lift was accomplished using VIH Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N C-GOJN. A video link is below, which will open in a new window.

 

967 - DHC-6-300 C-GVLE Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Calgary-Int’l, AB 29-Mar-2019 to be prepared for delivery. Flew Calgary-Int’l, AB - Churchill, MB - Cape Dorset, NU 01/02-Apr-2019 and is expected to continue to Iqaluit, Keflavík, Wick and Altenrhein/Saint Gallen in the coming days. This is the third aircraft for Sea Aviation, registered in the Cayman Islands and operated abroad. The aircraft is seen below prior to departure from Calgary, and the delivery flight is being flown by World Wide Ferry.

 
MSN 967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Calgary-Int’l, AB 01-Apr-2019

MSN 967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Calgary-Int’l, AB 01-Apr-2019

 

The third Twin Otter (MSN 601 PJ-DVF) for Divi Divi Air is seen taxiing below at Curacao, with thanks to Larry Every.

 
Larry Every Photo ©

Larry Every Photo ©

 

Website Update

 

With effect from today, the Support Directory has been updated. Each entry in the directory contains basic information on the vendor, a screenshot of their own homepage, and a link. The “Our Sponsors” listings on this page (———>) will be further updated to match the directory as well.

As part of an exclusivity agreement, the past year has been with the support of Team JAS, who stepped forward in early 2018. This support from Team JAS came at a critical time, and I’d like to express my thanks to Paul and his team for helping Twin Otter World to continue.

Although Team JAS remains an important supporter, the exclusivity part of the agreement has concluded. This opens up opportunities for new advertisers again, and returns Twin Otter World to an equal playing field as far as everyone is concerned.

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967 - DHC-6-400 C-GVLE Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Noted at Victoria-Int’l, BC 19-Mar-2019 now having been repainted, as seen below with thanks to Tim Martin. This is the third aircraft for the Cayman-registered holding company Sea Aviation 2 Ltd., joining MSN 952 and MSN 960. It is expected to be delivered to Altenrhein, Switzerland in due course.

 
Tim Martin Photo ©

Tim Martin Photo ©

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Aircraft News

 

291 - DHC-6-300 N291AL Alberta Aircraft Leasing Inc., Las Vegas, NV

Updating previous entry; flew Springbank, AB - Fort St. John, BC - Watson Lake, YT - Whitehorse, YT - Fairbanks, AK - Deadhorse, AK 02/03-Feb-2019 for lease to ConocoPhillips Alaska. In service 08-Feb-2019 Deadhorse, AK - Alpine, AK.

 

312 - DHC-6-300 C-GCKB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Punta Arenas - Puerto Montt - Arica - Guayaquil - Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 10/16-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

340 - DHC-6-300 C-FTFX Summit Air, Yellowknife, NT

Flew via Panama City - Nassau - Wilmington, NC - Sault Ste. Marie, ON 25/26-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

373 - DHC-6-300 C-FKBX Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Punta Arenas - Concepcion - Arica - Guayaquil - Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 22/27-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

426 - DHC-6-300 C-GXXB Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 08/09-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

429 - DHC-6-300 N162DE Rampart Aviation Inc., Colorado Springs, CO [Corvaire Inc.]

Updating previous entry; flew Corning, NY - Pekin, IL - Colorado Springs, CO 13/14-Feb-2019.

 

454 - DHC-6-300 C-GDSO Ashe Aircraft Enterprises, Calgary, AB

Test flown from Springbank, AB 25-Feb-2019; still pending delivery to Manta Air in the Maldives.

 

455 - DHC-6-300 9N-ABM Tara Air, Kathmandu

Officially imported to Canada 19-Feb-2019 and registered to Regent Aircraft Services Inc., Calgary, AB 05-Mar-2019 as C-GIQE. This aircraft was recovered in Nepal in Sep-2018 and shipped to Canada via container for rebuilding.

 

693 - DHC-6-300 C-GKCS Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Punta Arenas - Araucania - Arica - Guayaquil - Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 17/24-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

725 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBO Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew Punta Arenas - Concepcion - Arica - Guayaquil - Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 20/27-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

732 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBH Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew via Concepcion 11-Feb-2019 and Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 15/16-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

733 - DHC-6-300 C-GKBG Kenn Borek Air Ltd., Calgary, AB

Flew via Concepcion 11-Feb-2019 and Roatan - Dallas-Addison, TX - Gillette, WY - Calgary-Int’l, AB 15/16-Feb-2019 returning from Antarctica.

 

974 - DHC-6-400 C-GVVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Flew Victoria-Int’l, BC - Ketchikan, AK - Fairbanks, AK 09-Feb-2019, Fairbanks, AK - Anchorage, AK 11-Feb-2019 and then Anchorage, AK - Nome, AK - Anadyr-Ugolny 12/13-Feb-2019.

 

982 - DHC-6-300 C-GUVA Viking Air Ltd., Sidney, BC

Registered 05-Mar-2019.

 

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AIRCRAFT HISTORY FILES UPDATES

 

These updates have previously been reported in the prior blog entries below. This is just notification that the Aircraft History File has now been updated accordingly.

114 - History file has been updated

200 - History file has been updated

291 - History file has been updated

489 - History file has been updated